Midtown apartment complex to re-open after massive fire

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- A grand reopening is planned for Friday at a St. Louis apartment complex that has truly risen from the ashes.

On July 17, 2012, the apartment building at 3949 Lindell caught fire.
It would become one of St. Louis` worst apartment building fires in recent memory.

The fire started in the attic, though the cause was never determined. The flames spread mostly through the roof, but there was so much damage below, it all had to be torn down to the foundation and built again.

No one was hurt and no one was killed, but everyone had to move out.  Now, people are moving in.

"The most frequent question is did it catch fire?" said Community Manager Brad Bootz. "The question after that is can I take a look at a model?"

EDR, the company that owned the building then and now is not the same one that built it, so the fire has given the company the chance to upscale its game.

"We have changed the paint scheme throughout," Bootz said. "We have installed new wood look flooring as well as carpet, and fantastic granite countertops."

Most of the residents are expected to move in August 17, but some have are arrived, like graduate student Joy Scott, who was told about the fire by the leasing agent at another apartment complex.

"I knew a couple of people in the area so I asked them about the apartment complex and they said they were not worried about it," Scott said. "Nobody seemed to be up in arms about it and the news articles weren`t speaking negatively."

Speaking positively these days about the building is St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, who applauds the owners for improving the fire safety system in the attic.

"They could have gotten away with just putting some firewalls up there but the management, to their credit decided we are going to go above the minimum and put sprinkler systems up there."

The complex is about 60 percent occupied, and some of the residents include people who lived here before the fire.

"I love it, love it, love it," Scott said. "Everything about this place is exactly what I wanted."

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